DUNK CITY, Fla. – FGCU men’s basketball head coach Joe Dooley announced his third addition since taking over the program on April 22nd, adding to an already strong backcourt with Auburn transfer Brian Greene Jr. (Chicago, Ill./IMG Academy/Auburn) who signed a grant-in aid on Friday.
The third transfer to sign with the Eagles this offseason, the 6-foot-3 Greene Jr. will have three years of eligibility with the Green and Blue after sitting out the 2013-14 campaign due to NCAA four-year transfer rules.
Greene Jr. averaged 2.9 points and 1.1 assists over 28 games, including two starts, at Auburn in 2012-13. Over 11.6 minutes per game, he was able to add 19 steals while shooting 38 percent (31-83) from the field and 42 percent (13-31) from three. Greene Jr. reached double figures twice with a season-high 14 points on 6-of-6 from the field in a win at South Carolina and 11 points in just eight minutes on a trio of three-pointers at Vanderbilt.
Calling Florida home won’t be new to the Chicago native, as Greene Jr. spent one year at IMG Academy in 2011-12, earning a scout’s grade of 92 by ESPN.com before selecting Auburn. While at IMG Academy, he averaged 15.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game for a squad that went 37-2 under head coach Lauren Jackson.
Prior to IMG Academy, Greene Jr. attended Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Ill. where he averaged 12 points, 4.0 rebounds and three assists as a senior. Greene Jr. was named to the All-State Class 4A fourth team following the 2010-11 season while also earning All-Area first team status and being named the team MVP under head coach Troy Jackson.
Greene Jr. joins incoming transfers Julian DeBose (Washington, D.C./St. John College HS/Rice) from Rice and 6-foot-8 Tulane transfer Marc-Eddy Norelia (Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS/Tulane) as players signed by Dooley since taking over the reins of the program. All three will be eligible in 2014-15, with Norelia joining Greene Jr. with three years of eligibility while DeBose will have two years.
FGCU returns four starters from last year’s team that posted three consecutive double-digit wins en route to the A-Sun title and automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament in just its second year of postseason eligibility. FGCU – who averaged an A-Sun-best 72.9 points per game – became the first No. 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to advance to the Sweet 16 and the first team since the 1987 Florida squad to win its first two tournament games. The Eagles opened with a second round win over No. 2 seed Georgetown and followed with a win over No. 7 seed San Diego State in the third round to earn a trip to Dallas Cowboys Stadium for the South Region semifinals. FGCU finished with a program Division I record 26 wins (26-11), including a 15-1 mark at Alico Arena.
The trio of transfers join early signees Logan Hovey (Orlando, Fla./Paul J. Hagerty HS) and Jordan Neff (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb HS) as FGCU’s incoming class. Both Hovey and Neff will be freshmen in the fall.